Work related stress is a very serious issue and not something that should be pushed aside or discredited.
If left untreated, this kind of stress can have a negative impact on other areas of your life, such as your relationships or overall wellbeing.
If you think you may be going through a tough and stressful time, keep reading. We’re here to help you identify the cause and figure out a way forward!
Is it stress or just a bad day?
There are plenty of common signs and symptoms you can look out for if you think you may be stressed. These include feeling tired all the time, muscle tension, headaches, difficulty sleeping, constipation and even a racing heartbeat.
If you feel any or all of the symptoms above over a few days, there is a high probability that you’re suffering from work related stress.
Identify the cause of your stress
The next step is identifying the cause or causes behind your stress.
Is your workload to high? Are you dealing with deadlines that are unrealistic? Are you rushed? Perhaps you’re working too many hours, or you feel insecure in your role.
All of these are common causes for work related stress. Of course, your stress could stem from an external event of cause such as a death in the family, relationship or financial worries.
Learn how to cope with work related stress
Once you know what’s causing your stress it’s important to learn how to best cope and manage the condition. We recommend using some or all of the following techniques:
- Take time to recharge – you will never move beyond the stress if you don’t give your body and mind time to rest and re-charge. Always ensure that you “switch-off” from work by having periods of time where you don’t respond to work related enquiries or think about work. You can also use this time for self-care and relaxation.
- Establish boundaries – it can be difficult to “switch off” as discussed above if you don’t have clear work boundaries in place. Start by turning your phone or notifications off outside of work hours to ensure you’re not creating an unhealthy blend between your home and work lives.
- Make healthy choices – a successful way of combatting stress is to respond in healthy ways. Go for a walk. Eat a nutritious meal or chat to a friend on the phone.
Have you found a trick to cope with stress? Let us know in the comments.